Bite Sci-zed Videos

Alex Dainis ’11 (Biology / Film, Television and Interactive Media) explains and entertains in her “Bite SCI-zed” youtube videos about science.

Rice ’10 discusses new assay for multiple drug resistant TB

[VIDEO] Lisa Rice ’10 presenting at the 6th Annual New England Tuberculosis Symposium held at the Broad Institute on June 28th 2012. Lisa’s undergraduate thesis work in the Wangh lab involved design and construction of a single-tube assay for species identification using the lab’s LATE-PCR and Lights-On/Lights-Off probe technologies.  After graduation she remained in the lab and worked as a very skilled technician on two projects, a single-tube assay for Sepsis, and on the  construction of a single-tube assay for multi-and-extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (discussed in the video below).  That assay is now beginning validatation in Cape Town, South Africa.

Alumni Achievement Award for Green Chemist

Paul Anastas (PhD, Chemistry ’90), Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering and Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment at Yale, will receive the 2012 Brandeis Alumni Achievement Award  in a ceremony at 11:15 a.m. on June 9 in Levin Ballroom.

For more information, see story at Brandeis NOW.

Wolman ’10 named HHMI Medical Research Fellow

Dylan Wolman ’10 talks about the merits of taking a year out of medical school to do intense lab research at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus as part of the HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program in a story on the HHMI News website. Wolman explains

“A year of research provides an avenue to practice what should be an essential skill in any scientific field: questioning ‘why.’ “

While at Brandeis, Wolman, a Bio/Neuro double major, did undergraduate research in the Paradis lab. His thesis on “Involvement of USP12 and USP46 ubiquitin proteases in synaptic glutamate receptor accumulation” earned him high honors in Neuroscience. Wolman is currently a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine.


Drew named McKnight Scholar

Patrick Drew (PhD ’04, Neuroscience) has been named a 2012 McKnight Scholar Award recipient by the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. Drew did his Ph.D. research at Brandeis with Larry Abbott, did a postdoc at UCSD with David Kleinfeld, and most recently has started up his own lab at Penn State as an Assistant Professor of Engineering Science & Mechanics, and as part of their Center for Neural Engineering. Drew’s lab is primarily focused on understanding the neural circuits and signaling pathways that dynamically route the brain’s blood supply. Understanding the regulation is not only important in itself, but it is involved in medical problems such as stroke and dementia, and because changes in blood flow form the basis for functional magnetic resonance imaging, from which changes in brain activity are inferred.

Six scientists secure fellowships

One current undergraduate, and five alumni, from the Brandeis Sciences were honored with offers of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships in 2012. The fellowships, which are awarded based on a national competition, provide three full years of support for Ph.D. research and are highly valued by students and institutions. These students are:

  • Samuel McCandlish ’12 (Physics) , a current student who did research with Michael Hagan and Aparna Baskaran, resulting in a paper “Spontaneous segregation of self-propelled particles with different motilities” in Soft Matter (as a junior). He then switched to work with Albion Lawrence for his senior thesis research. Sam will speak about “Bending and Breaking Time Contours: a World Line Approach to Quantum Field Theory” at the Berko Symposium on May 14.  Sam has been offered a couple of other fellowships as well, so he’ll have a nice choice to make. Sam will be heading to Stanford in the fall to continue his studies in theoretical physics.
  • Briana Abrahms ’08 (Physics). After graduating from Brandeis, Briana followed her interests in ecological and conversation issues, and  in Africa as a research assistant with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, Briana previously described some of her experiences here in “Three Leopards and a Shower“. Briana plans to pursue as Ph.D. in Ecology at UC Davis.
  • Sarah Robinson ’07 (Chemistry). Sarah did undergraduate research with Irving Epstein on “Pattern formation in a coupled layer reaction-diffusion system”. After graduating, Sarah spent time with the Peace Corps in Tanzania, returning to study Neurosciene at UCSF.
  • Si Hui Pan ’10 (Physics) participated in a summer REU program at Harvard, and continued doing her honors thesis in collaboration with the labs at Harvard. Her award is to study condensed matter physics at MIT.
  • Elizabeth Setren ’10 was a Mathematics and Economics double major who worked together with Donald Shepard (Heller School) on the cost of hunger in the US. She has worked as an Assistant Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and her award is to study Economics at Harvard.
  • Michael Ari Cohen ’01 (Psychology) worked as a technology specialist for several years before returning to academia as  PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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